After every Skate the Lake, we here at Portland Outdoors receive letters, emails and phone calls from a wide variety of local residents as well as visitors. Below are some excerpts.

My friends and I had such a good time, we have been telling everyone in the local athletic community all about it. There will be more of us coming next year for sure.”

Carol Sinclair. Stittsville Ontario

I wanted to say congratulations to you and all the Portland volunteers for running a fun and successful event last weekend!”

Heather Pikor President Ottawa Pacers

I felt the day was very successful. Your group deserve a lot of fan fare! An exceptional job, well done.”

Sue Dunfield. Manager community and leisure services Township of Rideau Lakes

“Our whole family had a great day out at the Skate the Lake in Portland. We had all been looking forward to the day and were certainly not disappointed. My husband and 4 kids all do short track skating and attend regular meets so it made a change to be part of a long track competition. My twelve year old daughter, Rosanna, is interested in getting into long track next season and keeping your rink open for a longer period would certainly be beneficial to her as well as regular days out for fun and fitness for all the family. Several members from the Kingston Striders were at the Skate the Lake and we came back to the club full of enthusiasm and encouragement for everyone to attend next year.”

The Beattie family – Inverary Ontario

“Looking forward to seeing you in the summer when I visit the area again.”

Rob Kramer – Boston USA – 3rd place overall 50K 2004

“As a business owner in the Rideau Lakes area and the Vice-President of the Westport and Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce I would encourage your organization to continue putting it’s efforts in organizing such events. These events can only continue to produce positive results for the communities involved.”

Michelle Beckermann- Vice-President of the Westport and Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Events
Activities This Year
  • Kingston & Area Ice Stock Club demo
  • Kids Curling
  • Sleigh Rides
  • "Skate tails", Snert, Chili and much more
  • Helicopter Rides on Saturday
  • Terrific Fireworks display
  • Public skate to music after final race
  • Sit down Dinner in Portland Hall after Fireworks
“POD” Hit The Xmas Parades
POD
  • Nov 26th, Westport 2PM
  • Dec 3rd Merrickville 11am, & Athens 7pm
  • Dec 10th, Smiths Falls 7PM